Screw The Economy

in deepdives •  2 months ago 

Screw the economy and let it crash; it's fake anyway. The economy has become, or has always been, a narrative designed to maintain a power-balance that benefits no one but the ones who keep repeating that narrative ad infinitum, and has little to no relation to actual lifes of actual people.


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Before the economy took over as the overarching paradigm, there were other narratives to keep the poor poor and the rich rich, the Bible and the institution of religion most prominent among them. Not belief, that's experienced individually and means something else for every person on Earth, but the institution of the Church and its task of "spreading the good word" had the same goal back then as the economy does now; keep alive the conviction that some people are chosen and most are not. For all people are born in sin, we are evil by design and deserve to live in misery and poverty under God's representative on Earth, the King; "the divine right of kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy." That's straight out of Wikipedia, and means that mankind has been paying for the Original Sin, that we're bound to live in a state of sin in which humanity has existed since the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve's rebellion against the word of God in Eden. There's only one escape and that's death, but only if you've lived your life in obedience to God through obedience to the King and not complain about your poor and miserable life; only then shall you be granted passage to Heaven where you can party with your loved ones until the end of time.

So now you know why, in time of crisis especially, the economy has the highest priority in all our lifes; it's our modern day Bible. It's a narrative brought to you by our modern day Kings, the billionaires and multimillionaires, who's lifes represent Heaven where you can party until the end of your time. But you'll only get there by working hard and adhering to the good word spread by those modern Kings and not complain too much about your relative poverty. Instead you should pick yourself up by your bootstraps and try harder, work harder and play by the rules of the capitalist economy set forth by our modern day priests, the politicians. So don't complain when you see these priests donating trillions to their Kings while leaving breadcrumbs for you and your many peers at the bottom-rung of society; this is what the modern Bible has always prescribed.

But we should complain and dust off the guillotines. Now more than ever can we see plainly how unimportant and inconsequential the economy really is. Whenever something has to be done to aide the poorest and working people, the first question asked by our priests on behalf of their Kings is: how will we pay for that? But when there's a crisis, no one asks that question when the Kings beg for stimulus money. Suddenly and magically there are trillions of dollars created and poured into banks, the airline industry, Amazon and other selected King-figures. We, the people, should realize that "austerity" is not an economical necessity but an ideological and political choice. Wall Street and the GDP are not the real economy; it's the people working the jobs to not let daily life grind to a halt, it's the people paying the rent and mortgage and occasionally leaving the house to buy groceries, that's the base in real life upon which the entire fake narrative is built. I want you, dear reader, to consider if it's perhaps time to pull that base from underneath the Kings' feet. Stop working, stop paying the rent, just let the whole dream-machine grind to a halt. Not individually of course, that wouldn't do anything, but in an organized collective way.

That's not an easy question, I know. It would mean hurting ourself, a battle of wills against the very priests and Kings we've grown up to know as our saviors, and who have the means to survive longer than you and I when the food supplies run dry. On the other hand it would prove to them and ourselves that real people, real production and real distribution of real goods are what keep us all alive as individuals and as society, regardless of the narratives we build upon them. However, we still need some narrative, as our shared stories are what enable us to function in groups larger than a traditional tribe; we need those guidelines to be able to trust each other to act more or less in the same way, have more or less the same ethics and morals given certain situations, even if we don't know each other at all. So, should the workers unite in a general strike? Should we all stop feeding the machine by not paying rents, mortgages and student loan debts? That would surely destroy the cardboard castles on Wall Street and in Washington. I believe it may be time to do just that, even if it's going to hurt a lot; watch the below linked video and you'll see that we're being sacrificed anyway. I've written about this in Our Heroes Are Dying! last week and we could all see this coming from a mile away: the real people running our real lifes are indeed dying. Maybe it's time we took some of the Kings with us...


Krystal and Saagar: Grocery clerks, essential workers begin to die with no extra pay


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The economy may very well be the mother of all generalizations. It takes the essentials of human life and community and reduces them into a bunch of line charts for the rich to gamble on.

It's despicable and I'm glad to see wall street sweat. Hopefully they bleed too.

No need to waste time dusting the guillotines, they'll work just fine as is. They're pretty sturdy pieces of equipment, and the dust will shake itself off anyway after a few uses.

It takes the essentials of human life and community and reduces them into a bunch of line charts for the rich to gamble on.

What a beautiful way to phrase it :-) Thanks so much!